Hello to all the bold and beautiful people out there!
Well here we are at the penultimate BOLD post for 2021 – how did we get here so fast?
My word this year has been BOLD and I have had a ball with it – pushing me to think and see things differently, extend myself, and take more notice of the world around me and how my thinking impacts on life in general. I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of finding words from the letters B.O.L.D. each month that showcase what I’ve been doing in the way of being bolder in my life. It’s been a great WOTY!
WOTY for 2022?
I’ve started thinking about my Word of the Year for next year and it’s almost set, so I’ll let you know what it is early in the new year. Have you started thinking about a word or a plan of some sort for 2022?
Showcasing my bold photo for November
Each month I try to have a photo that shows boldness. Sometimes it’s something I’ve done or witnessed but it’s always fun to share.
I think the weather in this photo, taken while I was out for a ride along our rail trail, is wildly bold and beautiful. What do you think?
So how did November go for being bold?
My words for BOLD this month are Birds on Bikes, On track, Lots of rain, and Dottie Wombat.
Birds on Bikes – I have become a Birds on Bikes Ambassador for this Australian owned cycling apparel business. It makes sense as I love riding and sharing our cycling travels. If you’re interested in looking at any of the gear which is made for ‘real’ women, use this code for a discount. I’m a bird who rides a bike and I was bold enough to apply to be an Ambassador!
On track – I have been backwards and forwards to the doctor this year trying to get my blood pressure under control. I found that sitting in a waiting room, wearing a mask and waiting to be seen had the opposite effect of what I was hoping for! The doctor finally realised it was her making it skyrocket (white coat syndrome) and I was given the task of monitoring it at home for a month. Of course it settled down when I didn’t have that angst and anxiety plus we got the medication level right so it appears that I am now on track! I was bold enough to speak to the doctor and say what I was feeling – nervous, anxious and worried – none of which would help my blood pressure at the best of times.
Lots of rain – which meant I could put on my purple boots and go splashing in the puddles. Even 60 year old women like to splash in puddles. Australia is set for a wet summer according to weather people the due to La Nina.
Dottie Wombat – I love my special Deb’s World pouch from Dottie Wombat. How cool is this little personalised pouch my daughter made for me? I use it for all my stationery bits and pieces but there’s lots of other ways you could use it – makeup, purse… My daughter’s business, Dottie Wombat, is a small home made affair, based in Cheddar UK, with a website, and Etsy shop. She’d appreciate a visit I’m sure!, she’s a bold feisty mum-preneur and I’m so proud of her.
What else did I get up to in November?
- Lots of exercise with my online group, I just love it!
- Bike rides when the weather permitted – did I mention we had a lot of rain in November 232ml in fact, with flooding in town. It’s all subsided now thankfully.
- Book club fun – in person and online plus a cooking session
- We visited my daughter and SIL for their 6th wedding anniversary and looked after the two little grandchildren while they went out to dinner. We also had a fabulous breakfast out to celebrate.
- I caught up with a good friend for lunch and we talked for hours.
- I did a day’s work with 78 Year 5 & 6 students for their outdoor activity day. It was so tiring, it’s been ages since we’ve had work due to Covid restrictions impacting on school excursions but it was a fun day! I’m in charge of the Confidence/Trust activity and it’s always fun to see the students engage and try new things.
- I wrote a reflective post as it’s been five years since I was made redundant and I was honest in sharing my thoughts from the perspective of time. I’m really proud of this post. You can read more here, if you missed it: What do you do now that you’re…..
- I also took some photos out in the spring sunshine, when it wasn’t raining, and this is one of my favourites.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my latest edition of Becoming Bold. Let me how you’re going at the moment, I always enjoy having a chat with you.
Make bold choices and make mistakes. It’s all these things that add up to the person you become.Angelina Jolie
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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